Max Liebermann


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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Max Liebermann

Price of a painting: 11,000 – 2 100,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 360 – 125,200 €.

Estimation of a print: 20 – 136,500 €.

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Max Lieberman’s early daus

Max Liebermann is a German painter who is often cited as a representative, like Corinth and Slevogt, of the “German Impressionism” movement. He was born in Berlin to a family of wealthy manufacturers. It was in this comfortable context that he studied art from 1868 to 1872, at the Weimar School of Fine Arts.

During a trip to Düsseldorf, he met Hungarian painter Mihaly Munkacsy who impressed him greatly. Following this meeting, he made his famous Plumeuses d’Oie in 1872, which is a very large format canvas directly inspired by Munkacsy and his painting Les faiseuses de charpie.

A rise held back by the Second World War

For five years, from 1873 to 1878, Max Liebermann went to work in Paris. During this time, he created a routine of living in the Netherlands during the summer months. He took advantage of this time to work and study the work of the artist Frans Hals, who also had a considerable influence on Liebermann’s achievements.

After Paris, he moved to Munich, where he began to frequent Wilhelm Leibl’s group. Following this, he decided to move permanently to Berlin in 1884.

Five years later, Liebermann was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts in 1889, and in 1898 became president of the newly-founded Secession in the city.

However, in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power, his Jewish origins forced him to abandon all public activities he had undertaken thus far. His palette became lighter as time went by.

Max Liebermann adopted a realistic style in the subjects he dealt with at the beginning of his career. He was inspired by everyday scenes from the life of the people and opted for a rather dark colour palette. This inspiration can still be seen in the large paintings he produced in the 1890s, such as Woman with Goats. After this period, his palette changed somewhat and provided lighter shades, giving increasing importance to the representation of light and shadow in his paintings. This is particularly visible in his depictions of open-air cafés, orphanage gardens (The Parrot Merchant, 1902) and park alleys. It is clear that the Impressionist movement had an influence on the development of Lieberman’s palette. However, his work embodied a different spirit.

From the 1900s onwards he became popular with the liberal upper bourgeoisie in Berlin, whom he painted on numerous occasions.

Recognising M. Liebermann’s signature

Like many artists, Max Liebermann did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a piece by Max Liebermann

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